After 9 days in Hong Kong and Beijing, my wife and I were looking for a relaxing retreat from the cities - and boy did we find it at Brickyard. Just 90 minutes from the city, Brickyard is a serene escape with breathtaking views of the nearby mountains and The Great Wall - and of course the village of Mutianyu. Everyone at Brickyard (and nearby Schoolhouse) were so welcoming, warm and attentive. When we checked in we were one of only two rooms so we pretty much had the place to ourselves - majestic! Our room (middle block of rooms) was so relaxing, mostly because we didn't have a TV. It forced us, initially, to just hang out, sit by the fireplace and play board games.
The food at both Brickyard and Schoolhouse were fabulous. I highly recommend the duck confit with risotto.
One word of caution if you go during December, or any cold month. Bundle up! We LOVED how eco-friendly the hotel is, but be warmed that it can be chilly if you're not prepared. Luckily the friendly staff always have hot tea and homemade cookies for you.
We highly recommend this fabulous retreat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Brickyard is a lush and private eco-retreat that incorporates the kilns and other buildings of a traditional glazed tile factory in a design which is "green" from the ground up. The 16 queen rooms all have private terraces and story-and-a-half window walls with spectacular views of the Great Wall. Wireless internet but no TVs. Complimentary breakfast buffet and coffee, soft drinks, and homemade cookies all day the Lodge, where casual meals and bar service are also offered. The Activity Center is fully-equipped for conferences. The Brickyard Spa is set in our four-season garden with lotus pond and yoga platform. Enjoy complimentary use of the Exercise Room and the Outdoor Jacuzzi (available May). Try a Chinese massage or relax in the Spa's Gold Suite with Great Wall view sauna, private bath, treatment room, and courtyard with outdoor shower and cold plunge. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Brickyard Eco Retreat At Mutianyu Great Wall Hotel Beijing